Sociology of Information Disorder and Fake News

$250.00

Dates: January 4 - February 14

Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs

In this course we will use a sociological lens to examine problems in present-day information systems that impede on our collective ability to be an informed public body. We will attempt to understand what we determine to be the truth through investigation of the relationship between information, democracy, and capitalism. This course will use a holistic interpretation of fake news as various types of problematic content and rhetoric and place it within the broader conceptual framework of information disorder. Finally, we will consider how these issues contribute to a third wave of information literacy instruction and the practice of critical librarianship. Learning objectives: Articulate a nuanced understanding of fake news and information disorder; Analyze the role of information and information technology in a democratic society; Reflect on how personal information behaviors are shaped by social contexts; Explore potential avenues to integrating third wave information literacy concepts into library instruction and practice

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2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs

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We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

In this course we will use a sociological lens to examine problems in present-day information systems that impede on our collective ability to be an informed public body. We will attempt to understand what we determine to be the truth through investigation of the relationship between information, democracy, and capitalism. This course will use a holistic interpretation of fake news as various types of problematic content and rhetoric and place it within the broader conceptual framework of information disorder. Finally, we will consider how these issues contribute to a third wave of information literacy instruction and the practice of critical librarianship.

Learning objectives:

  • Articulate a nuanced understanding of fake news and information disorder
  • Analyze the role of information and information technology in a democratic society
  • Reflect on how personal information behaviors are shaped by social contexts
  • Explore potential avenues to integrating third wave information literacy concepts into library instruction and practice

Preliminary Course Outline:

  • Week 1: Introduction to Key Course Concepts
    • Information disorder and fake news
    • Third wave information literacy
    • Relationship between information, democracy, and capitalism
  • Week 2: Information Creators
    • Bias and propaganda in the media
    • Journalism and democracy
  • Week 3: Information Interpreters
    • Impact of the social environment on shaping personal beliefs
    • Establishing credibility
  • Week 4: Information Landscape
    • Algorithms and surveillance
    • Information overload and psychopolitics
  • Week 5: Third Wave Information Literacy
    • Impact on student learning needs
    • Review existing curriculums, lesson plans, and tools
  • Week 6: Integration into Instruction and Practice
    • Personal reflection
    • Update a lesson plan or syllabus

Hailey Mooney

Hailley MooneyHailey Mooney has over a decade of experience working in academic libraries with roles in reference, data services, and as a subject specialist in the social sciences. She is currently the Psychology & Sociology Librarian at the University of Michigan. Recently, Hailey also began work as an occasional lecturer with the Department of Sociology, where she developed and teaches an undergraduate course on the Sociology of Fake News. Her scholarly work is currently focused on issues in fake news and information literacy, and previously concentrated on data-related scholarly communication practices. Hailey has a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan.

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